Championship weekend at the U.S. Open is on the horizon.
After nearly flawless weather the first week, it looks like the ambitious schedule to crown all the champions will actually happen on time.
The first major trophy will be handed out Thursday afternoon on ESPN2 with the finals of the mixed doubles at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Top-seeded Liezel Huber and Max Mirnyi have reached the semifinals and will likely face the seventh-seeded pair of Lucie Hradecka and Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic.
After lunch Friday on the east coast, fans will see the men’s doubles finals on CBS. As of the quarterfinals, the American doubles-specialist Bryan brothers are still in the tournament. While Bob and Mike are the second seeds, the other highest seeded pair left is Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, seeded fifth. Paes has seven men’s doubles Grand Slam titles to his credit, including defeating the Bryan brothers earlier this year with Stepanek at the Australian Open finals earlier this year.
The Bryan brothers have won 11 Grand Slam finals and have won here three times.
After the doubles action, the women take to Ashe for their semifinals.
Then comes what is always described as “Super Saturday.”
During the day on CBS, starting at noon, will be the men’s semifinals.
Roger Federer and Andy Murray are on the same side of the draw seemingly headed for a clash Saturday, while Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer are the highest seeds in the other half of the draw. Djokovic faces a potentially tough quarterfinal with Juan Martin Del Potro, while Ferrer could face Janko Tipsarevic in another quarterfinal.
Saturday night at 8:00 PM, CBS presents the women’s final. Most expect Serena Williams to play the survivor of the intense potential Azarenka-Sharapova semi for the crown.
Since winning Wimbledon this summer, Williams has been on an incredible roll—including a gold medal at the Olympics—and will be heavily favored against either player.
Sunday could finally see the first men’s final played on that day since 2008.
First up that day at 12:30 on ESPN2, however, is the women’s doubles finals. Second-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have already reached the semifinals, while third-seeded Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavakova are the other high seeds remaining.
Next, after CBS concludes their football coverage for the afternoon, comes the men’s finals. The matchup of Djokovic against the winner of the Federer-Murray semifinal is expected, but always expect the unexpected at Flushing Meadows.
All in all, the closing weekend of the U.S. Open promises to be a tension-filled roller coaster worthy of a tournament that bills itself as the world’s toughest tennis.